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A Norfolk man who led police on a chase throughout residential Columbus while reportedly high on drugs was recently sentenced to a term of probation in Platte County District Court.

Michael D. Brummond, 54, through an amended information was sentenced to 18 months of probation after being found guilty of misdemeanor operating a motor vehicle to avoid arrest, a Class I misdemeanor; 18 months for being in possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine, a Class IV felony; 18 months for resisting arrest, Class I misdemeanor; and 18 months for driving under the influence of drugs/narcotics first offense.

Charges of obstructing a police officer and refusing to submit to chemical testing were subsequently dropped/dismissed. All sentences levied will run concurrently and in addition to the probationary term, the defendant is also having his license revoked for 60 days.

In January 2018, a Columbus Police officer was in the process of field training another when the duo noticed a Red Ford pickup truck traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes in the 1000 block East 23rd Street. The police officers activated their overhead lights and conducted a traffic stop in the 800 block of East. 23rd St, court records show.

Contact was made with the driver – the defendant – whom court records show told police that he made a wrong turn which led him down the wrong way of 23rd Street. The defendant when asked said that he had not been drinking and police proceeded to tell him to flip a U-turn. Pulling his vehicle forward, Brummond then took off westbound the wrong way.

A pursuit ranging from about 30-50 mph took place all over the city, court records show, during which time the defendant ran stop signs, traffic signals and several times drove down the wrong side of the road. Other police units ultimately were able to stop the defendant when a spike strip was deployed in the 4100 block of 23rd Street.

Court records show that Brummond refused commands to exit the vehicle and was forcibly removed, at which point he struggled and attempted to escape the grasp of those apprehending him. Once in handcuffs, a search of Brummond led to the discovery of a glass meth pipe in his coat chest pocket.

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He was subsequently placed under arrest and booked at the Platte County Jail.

In other district court happenings:

*Jorge Santos Jr., 29, of Columbus was sentenced to a year in prison and 12 months of post-release supervision after being found guilty of being in possession of a controlled substance.

*Nathan N. Johnson, 25, of Columbus was sentenced to 300 days in the Platte County Jail after being found guilty of being in possession of a controlled substance and obstructing a police officer.

*Bobbi Jo Hite, 34, homeless, was sentenced to spend a year in the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services for Women after being found guilty of being in criminal possession of a forging instrument, a Class IV felony.

*Raymond L. Boyd of Columbus was sentenced to two years in prison after being convicted of felony stalking, a Class IIIA felony punishable by up to three years in prison, and one year in prison after being found guilty of two counts of violating a protection order, Class I misdemeanors.

Sam Pimper is the news editor of The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at sam.pimper@lee.net.

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Sam Pimper is the news editor of The Columbus Telegram, Schuyler Sun and The Banner-Press newspapers. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2015.

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